Once you invest in your own collection of essential oils you can make so many amazing home health and body care products.
Make your own citronella candles using organic and natural ingredients in just a couple of hours. It’s really one of the easiest projects I’ve done and I wanted to share it with you because I know you can do it too. NOTE: This is not an exact science so just have fun and be safe. This is more like cooking than it is baking.
Tips before beginning
- Make sure you have pans and bowls that you are ok with exposing to wax. I didn’t know what to expect for clean up so be warned that you’ll need an “exit strategy”.
- Keep paper towels or rags on hand for clean up later. You never want to put wax down your drains.
- I totally recommend having cookie sheets around for resting your tools on.
What you’ll need
- I recommend buying a 5lb bag of soy wax (organic if you can find it)
- Five 16 oz glass jars with lids or containers of your choosing (it takes a little less than a pound of wax to fill a 16 oz jar)
- Organic and natural essential oils of your choosing (use about 1 oz. or less of essential oil per pound of wax)
- Wooden wicks and metal holders
- Large glass Pyrex or heat safe bowl
- Medium sauce pan
- Cookie sheets
- Paper towels
- Large glass measuring cup for pouring
- Pot holders
1.) – 4.) Grab all of your ingredients and supplies and arrange them in place in a staging area so you can take an “assembly line” approach to this.
5.) Get your medium size sauce pan and fill it with about an 1 1/2″ – 2″ of water. *This is important for double boiling, which is what you will be doing to heat the wax.
6.) Place your Pyrex bowl snugly into the sauce pan so that you get a seal around the rim. Bring the water to a rolling boil on high and reduce the heat to medium. The heat will build up more evenly and because it can’t escape you’ll have a safer heating process.
7.) Once your heat is on medium, using a measuring cup or jar begin to place your soy wax flakes in the glass bowl.
8.) Stir occasionally so that they melt. These flakes will turn into a clear liquid. Continue to add flakes in. The liquid wax will help to melt the flakes more quickly.
9.) Turn the oven on to it’s lowest setting. You’ll be heating the glass jars so that the wax cools evenly.
10.) Place your glass jars on a cookie sheet and set in the oven.
11.) Once the wax is fully melted add any essential oils you like. Mix to your own liking. (See a list here).
12.) Transfer liquid wax to a glass measuring cup for pouring.
13.) Pour a small amount of liquid wax into your glass container, making sure your container is on a cookie sheet.
14.) Place your untrimmed wooden wick and holder in the container. (Note: you can hot glue the wick to the base of the container for extra stability, though you don’t have to.) You could also allow the wax to set slightly before pouring the remaining liquid in but you’ll want to keep the glass relatively warm so the wax cools evenly.
15.) Add dried rose petals, mint, peppermint, or rosemary to the base of your candle.
16.) Fill container with liquid wax leaving about 1″ or and 1 1/2″ gap from the lip of the container. The gap provides enough oxygen for the wooden wick to light and burn evenly. If the container is too full you may have problems lighting your candle.
17.) Allow the wax to cool completely before trimming the wick. This should only take 30 minutes to 1 hour.
18.) Trim the wick so that you’re left with about a 1/4″ or 1/2″ tip. You actually want the wick to be shorter rather than longer so that wick can light easily.